Fight on to halt wildings march

BEFORE: A small patch of contorta was planted on Helicopter Hill in the Waimakariri basin near Flock Hill in the 1960s to control erosion.

Another battle being fought in the same area firefighters struggling to contain massive central South Island fire.

Massive fire rages

Irrigation seeks easier cash

Irrigation

12 min ago  Irrigation lobbyists plan to meet Government ministers to push for easier investment terms for major irrigation projects.

$65,000 dirty dairying fine

Dirty dairying effluent.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Some grapegrowers in Marlborough may struggle to ripen their fruit if an irrigation scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Stop putting drought boot in

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

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Stop putting boot into farmers over drought

DRY TIMES: Drought, sheep in dry paddock in Greendale area, Canterbury

OPINION: Assumptions about drought do not always ring true.

Alpine water would counter dry spell

OPINION: Spare a thought for farmers as you bask in the hot, dry weather.

Why doing things is bad

Good news and bad

dairy

Recidivist dirty farmer fined $66k

Dirty dairying effluent.

A recidivist polluter has been handed the biggest fine for dirty dairying in Taranaki history.

Lessons learned from long TB fight

A Taranaki dairy farmer is putting her experience of owning a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) to good use.

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Milk price offer again under-subscribed

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

beef

'Spooked' cow breaks farmer's legs

INJURED: Hawke’s Bay farmer Gary Quinn is in hospital after a cow kicked him and fractured both his legs.

Farmer takes little pleasure in knowing the 600kg beast that kicked him will soon be on a plate.

Farmer sells lambs as drought looms

North Canterbury farmer sells 1400 lambs early due to dry weather not seen for decades.

STOCK OFFLOADED: Canterbury farmland is drying up, affecting feed supplies.

Meat plants face stock surge

Meat processing plants are in over-drive as farms offload lambs and other livestock in dry conditions.

Sheep

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

DRYING UP: The appetite of farmers to buy store lambs and put more weight on them for the prime market appears to be drying up as rain clouds skirt past parched Canterbury farmland.

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

Shearer pulls pin on record video

Stacey Te Huia abandons his attempt to break shearing world record.

GROWING PROBLEM: Hundreds of sheep and lambs have gone missing from a remote Stratford farm.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

cropping

Water cuts could hit vineyards

Seresin Estate manager Colin Ross, left, will continue to irrigate estate vineyards
through the Southern Valley Irrigation Scheme until it gets shut off later this
week, then he will switch to storage water.

Some grapegrowers could struggle to ripen their fruit if the Southern Valleys Irrigation Scheme is shut off on Thursday.

Wine museum features region

A French film crew has touched down in Marlborough, putting the region's wine industry in the spotlight.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

agribusiness

Irrigation lobbyists seek easier cash

Irrigation

10 min ago  Irrigation lobbyists plan to meet Government ministers to push for easier investment terms for major irrigation projects.

ANZCO founder funds Lincoln chair

Sir Graeme Harrison wants the position to help change how NZ businesses engage through value supply chains.

Petrol pump

Operators not passing on fuel cuts

5:00 AM  Large rural freight firms have already passed on lower fuel prices in their charges to farmers, but small players in the sector have not.

Discovery

Mutual gains from project

Merino rams are inspected at Purple Mud Springs Stud near Shihezi, by Professors Runlin Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Paul Kenyon, Hugh Blair, Steve Morris and Guoqing Shi (Xinjiang Academy of Agriculture and Reclamation Sciences).

New Zealand sheep research is being helped by Massey University's relationships in China.

Hard work targets emissions

Gases generated per unit of meat or milk produced on NZ farms has declined on average by about 1 per cent since at least 1990.

AgResearch rumen scientist Dr Sandra Kittelmann.

Rummaging in rumens

What's really in a rumen? It's probably something that most people haven't given much thought to.

rural women

Pink bales highlight breast cancer

PINK BALES: Georgie Barnett (from Langsford Contractors) and farmer Jude Graham sit atop some of the bales.

Around the country, pink bundles have been appearing on paddocks.

Ballance-ing act

Catching a farming mum like Sarah von Dadelszen sitting still is a hard ask.

Liz Evans awarded Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Rural women's champion honoured

A journalist who gave rural women a voice has been honoured for her services.

Video

Licence at a premium

Beer snobbery has reached new heights in the capital, with proposed bottle store to be licensed only for top-notch booze.

advice

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Fighting depression among farmers

Sad people make terrible decisions, says farming change guru Doug Avery.

Business planning expert James Lockhart says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

Farm succession needs to be addressed head-on

Business planning expert says creating a family company, not a trust, is the way to ensure a successful farm ownership succession.

aquaculture

Chilean firm wins King Salmon deal

New Zealand King Salmon CEO Grant Rosewarne, right, said they had decided to go with a proven manufacturer when awarding a multimillion-dollar contract to a Chilean company.

Overseas company given multimillion-dollar contract for three new salmon farms.

Voyage from frozen to fresh

It sounds counter-intuitive but New Zealand's biggest seafood company is realising that adding value to fish is simple.

AMBITIOUS: Sanford chief executive Volker Kuntzsch, who came to New Zealand just over a year ago, wants Sanford to become the best seafood company in the world.

Applying science to seafood

People always ask Volker Kuntzsch how he ended up becoming the chief of a listed company when he is "just a scientist".

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